My favourite thing about London is uncovering lots of little hidden food gems and great places to drink. We all love dining alfresco or having a good drink on a terrace, but when the sun comes out in London – so does everyone. This means it is often hard to get a table anywhere and if you’re lucky enough, it’s so busy you can’t even hear each other talk.
I recently visited one of the two London Jumeirah hotels, the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. Now, not many people associate Jumeirah with having overseas hotels and normally just think they are found in the UAE. They both can be found in the heart of Knightsbridge but aren’t on the main strip like Mandarin Oriental – which could be why people don’t know about them, yet.
I had at the pleasure of dining at The Terrace in the 28 degree heat, which is so rare for London. The Terrace has an amazing concept, where all the food is cooked out on the grill of the terrace itself. The fresh, light variety of food and quiet oasis of Belgravia makes you feel like you’re in the Mediterranean.
I started my meal with a sweet, refreshing mocktail called Raspberry Lemonade. It was made with fresh raspberries, which gave it a nice sweet tartness.
Starting with a couple of platter of freshly baked pitta bread with hummus, grilled vegetable antipasti platters and a meat platter too. Everything was so fresh and light. All we would need is a an outdoor pool and we could basically be abroad. The aubergine and courgette were my favourite, but I can never say no cheese and sun-dried tomatoes either. I didn’t have any of the meats, because they were pork, but they seemed to be popular around the table.
As for the mains, I kept it light with lemon and thyme baby chicken that was cooked on the grill, so it had a lovely crispy skin to it. Served with some Mediterranean vegetables and spicy harissa sauce which complemented the chicken so well. I also had side of asparagus too to keep things healthy but I was totally blown away by how big the asparagus actually were. They clearly only use the finest produce here at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel.
I couldn’t resist having an Aperol Spritz to accompany my main, especially after I spotted one of the other diners having one. I just love an ice-cold spritz when the sun is out. It was made perfectly and served in a beautifully crafted glass too. I definitely could do with a set of those for my house.
The other dishes around the table were super fresh and light too with lovely large portions. Binny ordered the grilled king prawn skewers, which was served with seared asparagus and a lemon, parsley and garlic sauce.
Sarah ordered something a little more Middle Eastern, tandoori chicken and grilled pitta served with mint yogurt, tomato, cucumber, coriander salad. It looked absolutely divine!
Moving onto the dessert, the options were so tempting and indulgent but after quite a filling meal I finished off with some strawberries and cream, with a scoop of my favourite mint chocolate ice-cream.
However, even with a more simple choice on my part, Binny went for the lemon meringue sundae and it looked incredible. Lemon ice-cream, with a generous helping of cream, macarons and blueberries before being finished off with a lemon curd and chocolate cigars.
Overall, I had a smashing time on The Terrace. The service was fantastic, the food was brilliant and the company even better. I definitely know where i’ll be spending my hot summer evenings, with a good drink and lots of sun in a 5-star hotel – what more could I ask for?
It has definitely made me excited to see more of the Jumeirah hotels when I visit Dubai at the end of this year. Can’t wait!
Until next time…